spacer

noun
spac·er | \ ˈspā-sər \
plural spacers

Definition of spacer 

: a device or piece used to create or maintain a desired amount of space (as between two parts) As long as your joints look even, it's more important that you avoid a large grout line at the last tile than worry about sticking to the exact measurement of the spacer. —Jennifer Stimpson Stiff spacers of low-expansion materials … may be used to provide a fixed spacing between the end mirrors. —Arthur L. Schawlow Use wood shims or spacers where necessary to compensate for wavy ceilings and to make certain the bottom surfaces of all strips are flush. —Bernard Gladstone

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Improving defensively will help, but simply being a high-quality floor spacer given his physical attributes and ball-moving skills is a good place to start. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft Big Board 7.0: Top 100 Prospects," 24 Apr. 2018 One of the breakout players in the NCAA tournament, Wagner is a floor spacer and plays with high energy. 29. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "NBA mock draft 2018: Will Knicks pick Sixers target Mikal Bridges? | Keith Pompey," 20 June 2018 Between the layers of impact-resistant hull fabric and impact-absorbing foam spacers, there's a layer of air that holds temperature within a very small window, which is our standard temperature on the station. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Really Needs Inflatable Space Rooms To Work," 15 Apr. 2016 Horvath’s team found that bacteria exposed to viruses could indeed acquire these viral snippets, called spacers. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "From yogurt bacteria to fighting cancer: Franklin Institute honors gene-editing pioneer," 12 Apr. 2018 Make the center divider and handle out of 3/4-inch plywood and the spacer strip out of 1/4-inch plywood. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Simple Projects You Can Make From Scrap Wood," 21 Mar. 2018 The career marksman is a floor spacer who can start in spots or come off the bench. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Potential free agent options if Pacers forward Thad Young opts out," 11 June 2018 There’s value in tall floor-spacers who rebound, and while there were some questions about his shot selection coming into the week, Hervey acquitted himself well. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Which Players Without Agents Helped or Hurt Their Stock During the NBA Draft Combine?," 18 May 2018 The system claims to maintain the quality of your clothes, too: Air vents in the bottom of slides let clothes breath, while spacers prevent delicate items from being crushed and wrinkled. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "This Magnetic Closet Organizer Might Actually Make You Hate Folding Less," 20 Nov. 2015

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1857, in the meaning defined above

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spacer

noun
spac·er | \ ˈspā-sər \

Medical Definition of spacer 

: a region of chromosomal DNA between genes that is not transcribed into messenger RNA and is of uncertain function

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